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Meet the Winners of Our Hall of Fame and Shame 2012!


It's that time of year again, and we're here to announce the winners of our annual Hall of Fame and Shame contest!

obama-profile.jpgWe tallied your votes, and this year's winner of NARAL Pro-Choice America's Hall of Fame is: President Barack Obama!

From securing no-cost birth-control coverage, to battling out anti-choice presidential candidate Mitt Romney for re-election, to standing with survivors of rape in the military, it's been a big year for our pro-choice president.

We thank President Obama for his hard work protecting women's access to abortion and birth control.

We know that for every pro-choice superstar, there's an anti-choice extremist trying to take away women's reproductive-health care. And that person is the newest member of our anti-choice annual Hall of Shame: Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO).

Todd_Akin_portrait_275.jpgYou may remember Akin's famous gaffe about "legitimate rape," which set off a chain reaction of outrageous comments from other extreme anti-choice candidates.

The backlash from Rep. Akin's comment just goes to show that when politicians try to get between a woman and her doctor, pro-choice voters will find a way to legitimately shut that whole thing down.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Hall of Fame and Shame contest!

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A Shout Out to First-Time Voters!


Ali Tweedt is a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America's communications and online advocacy strategies department.

We can hardly believe that election day is less than two weeks away.

This year, many pro-choice Americans will be voting for the very first time! We couldn't be more excited for all the pro-choice 18 to 22-year-olds who were too young to vote in the previous election, but will now get to vote for our pro-choice champion, President Barack Obama.

These Millennials have the chance to rock the pro-choice vote - and we definitely need their help on November 6.

When I voted for the first time in 2008, access to abortion and contraception weren't being attacked like they are today. I remember feeling so lucky to be able to use my political voice and vote for a candidate I knew was going to be a champion for choice and equality.

Lena Dunham, writer of the HBO show "Girls," talked about her first time voting in a new ad for the Obama campaign. Check it out!

President Obama has demonstrated his leadership time and again, standing with women and their families, and I am so thrilled that first-time voters will get the same opportunity to use their pro-choice voices and vote!

We cannot forget what's at stake in this election. Under a Romney-Ryan administration, women could lose their most basic rights:

We're working to make sure that Millennials know that Mitt Romney is bad for women and their families. And come election day, we hope Millennials will vote for a person who has fought for women and our freedom and privacy.

For all those pro-choice people who just turned 18, use your political voice on November 6. Vote for the candidate who has stood with women, and trusts us with our personal health-care decisions: President Barack Obama.

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Final Debate: Foreign Policy is Still a Women's Issue


We hope you tune in for the final presidential debate!

Romney_and_Obama.jpgThe candidates will discuss foreign policy tonight. "So what does that have to do with a woman's right to choose?" you might ask.

Many people might not realize that the person in the White House has power over how funding is allocated to family-planning programs overseas.

Mitt Romney and President Obama hold vastly different positions on this issue.

In his first week in office, pro-choice President Obama rescinded the global gag rule. This anti-choice policy cancels U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denies the world's poorest women birth control.

President Obama also refunded the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which former President Bush defunded for seven years. The UNFPA's mission is: "to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect."

Mitt Romney has threatened to reinstate the global gag rule. He also picked a running mate who has repeatedly voted against international family-planning programs.

On November 6, voters will remember that foreign policy is very much a women's issue.

And we'll be voting for the pro-choice candidate who believes that women overseas should have access to critical health care: President Barack Obama.

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Anti-Choice Mitt Romney Lies Again in New Ad


Did you hear Mitt Romney lie about contraception during this week's presidential debate?

He told undecided voters that he believes all women should have access to contraception.

Romney's lies don't stop there. The next day, Romney's campaign released an ad that claims he's moderate on abortion and birth control.

Come on, Mitt, really? You think we're buying this?

Mitt Romney has a lot of explaining to do because the list of his anti-choice threats is longer than Felix Baumgartner's jump from space.

  1. He vows to eliminate Obamacare, and with it, the no-cost birth-control policy.
  2. Romney wants to let bosses deny their employees a health-care plan that covers birth control.
  3. He threatens to defund Planned Parenthood and said, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." This plan would cut off access to birth control and breast-cancer screenings for millions of women.
  4. Romney threatened to cancel Title X family-planning programs, which provide essential health care to millions of low-income women.
  5. Romney supports policies that would outlaw abortion in almost all cases, even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's health is in danger.
  6. Romney promised to appoint Supreme Court justices that would support overturning Roe v. Wade.

We're not going to let Romney get away with lying to women and their families.

Right now, our own ad that tells voters the truth about Mitt Romney's anti-choice agenda is running in Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Watch it:

We know that when voters learn the truth about Mitt Romney's anti-choice position, they'll be that much more likely to vote for our pro-choice president, Barack Obama.

This is why we're making a huge effort to reach "Obama defectors," pro-choice women who voted for President Obama in 2008 but are not yet committed to voting for him again. Clearly, these are the very same women who Romney is trying to reach.

This election is more important than ever. We don't want a president who lies about supporting the right to choose, but then turns around and promises to defund Planned Parenthood.

That's why we're heading to the polls on November 6 to re-elect our pro-choice champion, President Barack Obama!

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Nancy Keenan: Remember the Real Mitt Romney on November 6


Tonight is the second presidential debate - and it might be the last time voters get to hear Mitt Romney talk firsthand about his views on women's access to abortion and reproductive-health care.

Romney has made a sport of playing both sides. One minute he tries to hide his anti-choice views, and the next his campaign reinforces them.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, writes about this very important issue over at The Huffington Post.

Her message? Women need to remember the real Mitt Romney come November 6:

Overturning Roe v. Wade is part of Romney's agenda. The next president could nominate enough Supreme Court justices to determine the future of Roe. And Romney has said, "I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe v. Wade..."

Blocking women's access to birth control is also part of his agenda. Romney has said he would eliminate Title X family-planning programs.

This election, voters will be faced with a clear choice: an administration that will protect women's privacy and personal health-care decisions, or one that allows politicians to make those choices for them.

We saw Mitt Romney tell lie after lie about his policy proposals at the first presidential debate. And now he is doing it again on the campaign trail. Women and their families need to know the truth about the Romney-Ryan ticket. And, those who want an end to the War on Women need to vote for President Obama, whose leadership supports, rather than threatens, their reproductive rights.

Check out the rest at The Huffington Post!

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Heading to the Presidential Debate in New York!


The next presidential debate is tomorrow night, and you can bet that NARAL Pro-Choice America will be there to represent the pro-choice pride of our million activists and members!

So what do we have planned?

We're joining with NARAL Pro-Choice New York at their rally before the presidential debate.

Similar to our outreach in the hours leading up to the debate in Denver, we plan to work with NARAL Pro-Choice New York to connect with thousands of attendees and other people outside the debate to urge them to support pro-choice President Obama.

Our team made a big impact in Denver! Check out our photos from the last debate:

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We're traveling across the country because it's critical that we keep the issue of choice front and center between now and Election Day.

Voters need to know that beyond vowing to fire Big Bird, Mitt Romney supports banning abortion in almost all circumstances, would "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, and would repeal Obamacare, which will provide millions of Americans with essential health care and no-cost birth-control coverage.

We're getting the word out that everyone who believes that it should be up to women - and not politicians - to make personal health-care decision needs to vote for President Obama. Keep up with us during the next debate in real time. "Like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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The Romney-Ryan Ticket Threatens the Future of Abortion Rights


When Vice President Joe Biden took Rep. Paul Ryan to task for his extreme position on abortion, especially for rape survivors, we stood up and cheered him on:

I guess he accepts Gov. Romney's position now, because in the past he has argued that there was - there's rape and forcible rape. He's argued that in the case of rape or incest, it was still - it would be a crime to engage in having an abortion. I just fundamentally disagree with my friend.

Biden spoke for pro-choice Americans when he insisted, "I do not believe we have a right to tell women that they can't control their bod[ies]. It's a decision between them and their doctor."

Nancy Keenan, NARAL Pro-Choice America president, blasted Rep. Ryan for not being up front with voters with his extreme views:

He refused to say whether American women should be worried about the future of their reproductive freedoms if he and Gov. Romney win the White House. Let me be clear: The Romney-Ryan ticket is extremely dangerous to women's health and Americans should be very concerned about the future of women's health and rights if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win on November 6.
Check out the graphic we made celebrating Vice President Joe Biden standing up for a woman's right to choose, and share it with your friends:

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Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-choice debate responses further drove home that we cannot let the Romney-Ryan ticket win the White House.

On November 6, we'll be voting for the candidate who represents American voters and their pro-choice values: President Barack Obama.

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How Will Rep. Paul Ryan Answer for his Anti-Choice Record?


Paul_Ryan_official_portrait_2.jpgWe hope Rep. Paul Ryan is made to answer for his extreme anti-choice positions at tonight's vice presidential debate.

Will he try to backtrack on his extreme anti-choice positions, like his running mate Mitt Romney did this week?

We're not buying it from Romney and we won't let Ryan get away with it, either.

Pro-choice voters need to know about Rep. Ryan's extreme anti-choice record, and how bad he is for women's health and privacy.

We can't emphasize it enough: the Romney-Ryan ticket is bad for women and their families.

On November 6, vote for the candidate who will continue to protect women's freedom and privacy: pro-choice President Barack Obama.

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Mitt Romney's Abortion Lie


Apparently Mitt Romney will say just about anything to get women to vote for him - even if that means lying about his anti-choice positions.

First, he said, "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda."

Then, within 24 hours, the Real Romney resurfaced and threatened to defund Planned Parenthood.

We're not going to let Mitt Romney get away with confusing voters about what kind of president he plans to be.

NARAL Pro-Choice America Political Director Beth Shipp spoke with NPR about Romney's inconsistency when it comes to his abortion position:

"That's quite a shock, coming from Mitt Romney, who has consistently called for the overturn of Roe v Wade; who said that he would appoint Supreme Court justices who would do just that; who has an extensive pro-life agenda on his website that anybody can access...I know Mitt Romney really wants women to vote for him, but the way that he's going about this, by lying to people about where he stands on the issues, is not going to serve him well come Nov. 6."

NARAL Pro-Choice America Deputy Political Director Erika West was featured in The Daily Beast commenting on Romney's misleading statements:

Karen Finney, Democratic strategist and NARAL Pro-Choice America board member, talked with The Hill about our election strategy to make sure women voters know exactly where Romney stands.

We won't stand for Mitt Romney's attempts to mislead voters on his choice position. Start talking about the Real Romney with your friends about what kind of president he'll be - and why we must stop him from setting foot inside the White House.

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We have fantastic news!

A new study shows that free birth control does indeed reduce unintended pregnancies and, therefore, the need for abortion.

This study comes as millions of women are starting to see the benefits of no-cost birth control under the Affordable Care Act - aka Obamacare.

These positive results further demonstrate the benefits of no-cost birth control. It is one of the greatest advancements for women in a generation! It makes sense right? When birth control is affordable, you'd think that more women will use it and, therefore, avoid unintended pregnancy altogether.

But wait - there are still plenty of politicians who are living in another century and want to make it harder for women to get birth control. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted more than 30 times to repeal the health-care law.

And Mitt Romney is one of the biggest opponents of no-cost birth control and Obamacare. He's threatened to repeal it on "day one."

That is why it is so important for us to keep the Romney-Ryan ticket far, far away from the White House. If we don't re-elect pro-choice President Obama on November 6, we could be saying good-bye to near-universal birth-control coverage for women.

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How to Talk to Your Friends about Mitt Romney


Wednesday night's presidential debate has everyone buzzing about the candidates: extreme anti-choice Mitt Romney and pro-choice President Barack Obama.

Mitt_Romney_by_Gage_Skidmore_6.jpgThe only way we're going to continue to protect women's freedom and privacy and improve health-care services for women and families is by re-electing President Obama. You know that, we know that, but, unfortunately, there are still some critical voters who do not plan to vote for him on November 6.

We believe this election can be won by getting these undecided voters to stand with the president. That's why we plan to contact 380,020 voters who we consider to be "Obama defectors" - pro-choice women who supported Obama in 2008 but aren't committed to voting for him yet - in 25 counties in nine battleground states. These women can make the difference in what is likely to be a very close election.

But we need your help to reach every one of these pro-choice voters. Think creatively - are any of your friends, neighbors, colleagues, or classmates pro-choice and not yet planning to vote for Obama?

Here are the top five things you should tell your friends about the Romney-Ryan ticket:

  1. Romney says he supports overturning Roe v. Wade.
  2. Romney said, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." Romney's plan would cut off access to birth control and breast cancer screenings for millions of women.
  3. Romney and Ryan have supported policies that would outlaw abortion in almost all cases, even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's health is in danger.
  4. Ryan supported redefining rape so that it would be harder for many rape survivors to get the medical care they need.
  5. Ryan voted to allow hospitals to refuse emergency abortion care to women who could otherwise die without it.

The Romney-Ryan ticket's extreme anti-choice agenda couldn't be clearer. And we're not going to let them shy away from their outrageous positions.

Talk to your friends, and they'll see that they cannot trust Mitt Romney with women's health and privacy.

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What You Don't Pay, Thanks to President Obama!


Don't forget to tune into the presidential debate tonight!

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will answer questions about the economy, health care, and the role of government.

Have you heard Mitt Romney's campaign claim that women don't care about birth control, and that birth control isn't an economic issue?

The thing is, birth control is an economic issue. And President Obama understands that.

We created this graphic to highlight the stark difference between these two candidates when it comes to making birth control affordable. Many women will no longer have to take out their wallet when they pick up their birth-control prescription at the pharmacy thanks to President Obama's no-cost birth control policy. If Mitt Romney's elected? He's threatened to take away this great preventive benefit.

Make sure to share it with your friends:


We'll be live tweeting the debate tonight, so be sure to follow @NARAL for updates.

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Rep. Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin Stays in U.S. Senate Race


Todd_Akin_portrait_275.jpgYesterday was a big day for anti-choice extremist Rep. Todd Akin, the candidate for U.S. Senate who said that pregnancies from "legitimate rape" rarely happen.

September 25 was the official deadline for Akin to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate. Many Republican leaders, including Mitt Romney, publicly called on Akin to step aside.

However, the deadline has come and gone. And Akin is still in the race!

Now it's up to us to get the word out to Missouri voters about Akin's extreme beliefs.

If his comments about "legitimate rape" weren't offensive enough, he also said that he believes that emergency contraception should be banned.

If you have friends who vote in Missouri, get the word out. Tell them to cast their vote to re-elect Sen. Claire McCaskill. Akin cannot be trusted to protect our rights - let alone understand basic biology.

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Will Mitt Romney Answer for His Anti-Choice Position?


Mitt_Romney_at_2012_CPAC.jpgWe're only 41 days away from the election!

Don't forget to tune in to the first presidential debate next week on October 3.

Jim Lehrer, the debate moderator, has already announced the topics of the debate. He will ask President Obama and Mitt Romney about two topics we think are of the utmost importance to pro-choice voters: health care and whether the government should meddle with a woman's private medical decisions.

We are all too familiar with Romney's attempts to dodge or deny his own anti-choice statements, but pro-choice voters are not going to let him get away with that!

Here are some questions Mr. Romney needs to answer about his extreme anti-choice position, as well as the policies he would establish if elected:

We're not going to let Mitt Romney shy away from his anti-choice position. We're holding him accountable! And so will voters on November 6.

There's only one candidate we can trust with women's freedom and privacy, and that's pro-choice President Barack Obama.

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Rachel Maddow Covers "Obama Defectors" Strategy


We were so excited to hear The Rachel Maddow Show describe our "Obama Defectors" strategy this weekend!

In case you missed it, check it out here:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

We expect the presidential election to be close. That's why we're microtargeting more than 330,000 pro-choice women in battleground counties who voted for President Obama in 2008, but who are not likely to vote for him in November.

Our election work will give these voters the facts about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's extreme anti-choice agenda - and urge them to cast their vote for pro-choice President Obama on November 6.

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NARAL Pro-Choice America Releases Exclusive Obama Defectors Model


We're only 47 days away from the 2012 presidential election. That means we're all hands on deck encouraging pro-choice Americans to go to the polls on November 6 and vote for President Obama.

Yesterday, NARAL Pro-Choice America released its research on "Obama Defectors." These are women who voted for President Obama in 2008 but are currently not voting for him, weakly supporting him, or not voting at all in 2012.

Our election plan is all about microtargeting - using new technology to get the precise pro-choice women voters who we think will make all the difference for President Obama.

Here's what leading media organizations had to say about our plan:

Roll Call

"We think these 25 counties are the ones that are going to decide this election," NARAL Political Director Elizabeth Shipp said during a press briefing Wednesday.

NARAL President Nancy Keenan said her organization's "new and vigorous model" identifying these female voters could very well help get Obama re-elected. "Our job is to communicate with these voters about why they need to vote for [Obama]," she said.

On NARAL's campaign, Keenan said her organization worked with Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research to identify 5.1 million women nationwide who are most likely to be Obama defectors who support abortion rights.

GQRR Vice President Drew Lieberman called the NARAL effort efficient, strategic and unique..."It puts them in a position to have a really meaningful impact on this election," he said.

The Daily Caller

NARAL Pro-Choice America plans to target pro-choice "Obama defector" women this election cycle to help secure a Barack Obama second term.

Their goal: To win over pro-choice female voters who voted for Obama in 2008 but are not planning to vote for him, do not plan to turn out, or are only weakly supporting him in 2012.

NARAL policy director Beth Shipp explained that a lot of the pro-choice shift away from Obama has nothing to do with abortion but rather the economy, which "still sucks" she noted.

"Those people are still pro-choice and if you talk to them about choice and relay to them how important it is this election and why their reproductive rights are at risk they can come back to the fold," Shipp said, recalling that past NARAL polling has shown that some pro-choicers will vote for a candidate based on his abortion stance alone.


This fall, there is going to be a relatively small group of women voters who may be very, very sick of hearing from NARAL Pro-Choice America by Election Day on Nov. 6. Like most of those involved in politics this election year, the abortion rights advocacy group says that women will determine the outcome of the contest on Nov. 6 between Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

But unlike most, the group has identified, by name and address, the thousands of women across the country that it thinks might make the difference - and it plans to go after their votes, and in a big way, but in small numbers - in many cases as few as 1,000 or 2,000 in an individual county.

Echoing the findings of political scientists, Naral said its research shows that many women who favor abortion rights will change their vote to support a pro-choice candidate, even if the U.S. economy is the issue that most concerns them this election year. And to convince them to do so, it plans to send 1.2 million pieces of mail, use volunteers to make telephone calls, use social media advertising and and buy commercial spots on cable television, targeting its spots to the specific voters in the individual counties.

We're confident that our Obama Defectors Model could make a huge difference in the upcoming election. Once we show pro-choice women voters just how anti-choice the Romney-Ryan ticket is, we can have a measurable impact in making sure President Obama is re-elected to a second term in the White House.

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What a Pro-Choice President Means to Women


Tonight, President Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination. We can't wait to watch his speech!

He's been such a strong pro-choice president and advocate for women that it's almost hard to remember what it's like to live under an anti-choice president.

But four years ago today, women were enduring the anti-choice Bush administration.

How was life different for women under an anti-choice president four years ago? Let's take a walk down memory lane. Remember to take deep breaths while reading:

  • On his first day in office, President Bush re-imposed the global gag rule, effectively making it more difficult for low-income worldwide to get the reproductive-health care they need.
  • Bush stacked his cabinet and administration with anti-choice personnel by appointing John Ashcroft as U.S. attorney general, Tommy Thompson and Michael Leavitt as secretaries of Health and Human Services, and W. David Hager to a key FDA panel on women's health.
  • For years, the Bush administration refused to listen to medical experts and blocked efforts to make emergency contraception available without a prescription.
  • President Bush became the first president in history to sign legislation outlawing safe abortion procedures.
  • President Bush tried to cancel contraceptive coverage for federal employees.
  • The Bush administration repeatedly censored accurate medical information on government websites at the behest of anti-choice activists.

In November 2008, we ushered in a new era for women's freedom and privacy when we elected pro-choice President Barack Obama.

Here are some of President Obama's pro-choice highlights:

  • In his first week in office, President Obama rescinded the global gag rule. That was the anti-choice policy that canceled U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denied the world's poorest women birth control.
  • President Obama repealed the worst provisions of the controversial, last-minute Bush policy known as the Federal Refusal Rule. The regulation could have allowed entire health-care corporations to refuse to provide medical services--including, potentially, birth control.
  • President Obama signed legislation increasing family-planning funding for American women.
  • President Obama won passage of the Affordable Care Act, the law that will bring 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception and maternity care.
  • President Obama also pledged to veto two far-reaching anti-choice bills, the "Rape Audits" bill and the "Let Women Die" bill.

We've come so far under Obama's presidency. We cannot let Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, take us back to the dark ages with their support for overreaching and extreme anti-choice legislation.

Join us November 6, and we'll show Romney and Ryan just how out of touch they are with American voters.

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NARAL Pro-Choice America at the DNC: Day 1


Kristin Koch is the deputy director of communications for online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America

This is it: day one of the Democratic National Convention.

Tonight, Americans are going to hear amazing leaders talk about why it's so important to women that we re-elect President Barack Obama - and what we stand to lose if Mitt Romney takes over the White House.

Of course, we're thrilled to hear from first lady Michelle Obama. And starting around 8:00 p.m., Nancy Keenan, NARAL Pro-Choice America's president, will talk about why we're supporting President Obama. He's the only candidate who trusts women and believes that politicians should stay out of their reproductive-health decisions.

We've been busy gearing up for this big today. Our fantastic volunteers helped us create 5,000 goodie bags filled with fun and functional materials for pro-choice delegates. And the delegates are proud to wear their "I am a pro-choice delegate stickers" and hold their pro-choice fans.

Take a look at what we've been up to, and be sure to tune in tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. to watch Nancy!

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Heading to the Democratic National Convention


Kristin Koch is the deputy director of communications for online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America

Bright and early tomorrow morning, I'll be sharpening my driving skills for a trip down to Charlotte, NC. Oh yes, my iTouch is fully charged.

I'm heading down with a team from NARAL Pro-Choice America for the Democratic National Convention!


We couldn't be more excited to be there in person as President Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination and delivers his speech on Thursday.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed President Obama because he believes that women - not politicians - should be able to make personal, private health-care decisions, including whether to have an abortion. And he's worked to improve women's health and pledged to defend against anti-choice legislative attacks as president.

His opponent, Mitt Romney, would take that choice away from women. Oh, and he'd take away no-cost birth control, let your boss deny you birth-control coverage, and "get rid of" Planned Parenthood.

That's why 2012 is a pivotal year for the issue of choice. By re-electing President Obama, we will move one step closer to ensuring that abortion remains legal and accessible for American women.

So what will the NARAL Pro-Choice America team be up to at the Convention?

For starters, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, will speak to the delegates and a nationwide audience when she addresses the Convention.

Throughout the week, we'll visit state delegations to talk with delegates about what's at stake for choice this election. A lot of different progressive issues are important to the delegates, and we'll make sure that women's freedom and privacy stays a priority.

And on Wednesday, pro-choice movers and shakers from Montana are hosting an event called the Big Sky Celebration to honor Nancy Keenan. We are thrilled to be joined by special guest Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager.


I'll be sharing updates about all the ways we're keeping women's freedom and privacy a priority at the Convention.

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Note to Self: The Personal is Political


Last night, we watched Mitt Romney do what he does best: hide his extreme political agenda.

Romney used code words promising to "respect the sanctity of life" and made a benign-sounding threat about "repealing and replacing Obamacare."

Here's what Romney should have told the American people if he were being completely honest: that he will be an extreme anti-choice president who works to take away women's freedom and privacy.

This is the man who vetoed a bill that ensured rape survivors received information and access to emergency contraception. He claimed that the "Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong." And when he promises to nominate justices who believe - like he does - that the Supreme Court decision recognizing a woman's constitutionally guaranteed right to choose was wrong, we must take him at his word.

We used to call anti-choice extremists "fringe." But now we call them governors, senators, and mayors. Let's make sure we don't call them Mr. President.

We know that you know that the best way to protect your pro-choice values is to vote pro-choice at the polls. We know that you understand full well what happens when we elect extreme politicians like Mitt Romney.

But unfortunately, a lot of pro-choice people don't connect their personal beliefs to taking political action. They might have watched Mitt Romney's speech and come away feeling like he's an okay guy who can be trusted with our rights.

We need your help to make sure your friends connect the dots - and act to protect what they believe in. We put together this video to do just that - encourage people who believe that choice is a very private and personal issue to get involved. Please watch it and share it far and wide:

By sharing our video today, you can actually persuade the voters in our communities who will make a difference this election.

Together, we won't let anti-choice extremists intrude on our personal and private decisions.

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